Kali is the weapons-based art of the Kyudokan Bahrain. It is a traditional martial art of the Philippines (known as Filipino Martial Arts or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons. It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques in higher levels. Despite its popularity in the United States and Europe, this is the first time that FMA is practiced in an official setting in Bahrain with Kyudokan Bahrain being the first to bring FMA and Kali to Bahrain.
The Philippines has what is known as a blade culture. Unlike in the West where Medieval and Renaissance combative and self-defense blade arts have gone extinct (having devolved into sport fencing with the advent of firearms), blade fighting in the Philippines is a living art.
Local folk in the Philippines are much more likely to carry knives than guns. They are commonly carried as tools by farmers, used by street vendors to prepare coconuts, pineapples, watermelons, other fruits and meats, and balisongs are cheap to procure in the streets as well as being easily concealed. In fact, in some areas in the countryside, carrying a farming knife like the itak or bolo was a sign that one was making a living because of the nature of work in those areas. In the language of Palau, the term for Filipino is “chad ra oles” which literally means "people of the knife" because of Filipinos' reputation for carrying knives and using them in fights.
Kyudokan Bahrain’s Kali program is aligned with the Mandirigmang Kaliradman (MK) - lit. Warriors of Kali, an organization of Kali practitioners that continue to propagate the teachings of both the Lightning Scientific Arnis System (LSAI) and the Lema Scientific Kali Arnis System (LESKAS). MK focuses on practicality and strong, fast movements which is honed through no-frills, hard training.
MK Bahrain Branch Head